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Apple to build flagship store in historic L.A. district

The Broadway Trade Center in LA, circa 1920. Photo: Army Arch/FlickR

The Broadway Trade Center in LA, circa 1920. Photo: Army Arch/FlickR

Apple is looking to open a flagship store in downtown Los Angeles’ historic Broadway Trade Center, reports the Downtown LA Examiner, which claims its heard whispers that Cupertino plans to invade the massive building that nearly occupies an entire city block.

The Broadway Trade Center building was recently purchased by New York real estate firm Waterbridge Capitol earlier this year for around $130 million, but it the company may have already scored its first tenant.

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Turn Notification Center into a game with this fun iOS 8 widget

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Apple’s introduction of widgets in iOS 8 has already created some great new tools for iPhone users, but if you’d like to add a little fun to your Notification Center, Overglide has a widget adds a widget to the boring place where you usually just get calendar and email notifications.

Overglide for iOS 8 turns your Notification Center into a game by embedding its simple paper airplane game into the Today pane, giving you instant gaming access no matter what app you’re in.

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Beats drops new Solo2 wireless headphones

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The Beats Solo2 headphones are now wireless. Photo: Beats

Beats Electronics today announced it’s releasing its first new headphones since officially Apple-owned company earlier this year. The new headphones are an updated version of the Solo2 headphones, that brings wireless capabilities to the popular headphones, so you’re no longer tethered to your iPhone when kicking out the jams.

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How Apple avoids paying taxes on iTunes revenue

Apple paid nearly zero taxes on iTunes in Europe. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple paid nearly zero taxes on iTunes in Europe. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple’s tax tactics in Ireland have landed the company in Congress’ hot seat this year, but another European nation has also helped Apple wiggle its way out of paying massive taxes on its iTunes revenues.

Apple reportedly took advantage of Luxembourg’s complex and corporation-friendly taxation system to get out of paying taxes on its iTunes revenue in Europe. The country has a 29% corporate tax rate, but after negotiating a deal, Apple paid only $25 million in taxes out of the $2.05 billion in iTunes revenue. Apple’s not the only American company exploiting Luxembourg’s tax laws either, with some companies paying less than 1% of revenue.

Here’s how Apple avoids paying nearly all taxes in Europe:

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Chinese programmer installs Windows 95 on iPhone 6

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The iPhone 6 is the best smartphone Apple’s ever created, but for those that think iOS is starting to look a little old and dated, a Chinese programmer has figured out how to install an entirely new operating system over iOS. Unfortunately, it’s Windows 95.

Chinese programmer xyq058775 posted the picture above as proof that he finagled Microsoft’s ancient OS onto the enormous display of the iPhone 6. To pull off the trick, the programmer used a tool called iDos, which simulates the 16-bit DOS environment.

Everything worked great, he says, except he discovered he couldn’t upgrade to Windows XP. If you’d like to take the plunge on your iPhone, you can grab the full instructions from his post (as long as you can read Chinese).

Instagram finallay let’s you fixx typoes

Instagram typos are finally a thing of the past. Photo: Instagram

Instagram typos are finally a thing of the past. Photo: Instagram

Few things on Instagram are more embarrassing than a horrific typo right in the middle of your caption, but starting today Instagram is finally going to let sloppy texters like myself go back and edit captions.

The new Instagram 6.2 update was announced by the company this morning and along with giving Grammers the ability to fix their blunders, the app also added some new features to the Explore page as well.

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iOS ‘Masque Attack’ vulnerability could be more dangerous than WireLurker

Thought WireLurker was bad? Wait till you meet Masque Attack. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Thought WireLurker was bad? Wait till you meet Masque Attack. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Less than a week after WireLurker shocked the iOS community with its vulnerability, a new malware threat has been discovered that could be even more dangerous.

The FireEye mobile security research team announced today that they’ve discovered a new iOS malware threat called Masque Attack that mimics and replaces the legitimate apps on your iPhone with decoy apps that steal your personal information.

Masque Attacks are so lethally, they can replace your banking and email apps without you realizing it. The attack works by prompting you to install a fake update to a popular app like Flappy Bird, while secretly replacing your Gmail or banking app with a trojan horse masquerading as the real deal, only it’s designed to suck away all the personal data you feed it.

Here’s a video demo of how the attack works:

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How to create killer GIFs on your Mac in 60 seconds

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I love animated GIFs. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the greatest gift God ever bestowed upon the Internet.

While most Mac users probably think making them requires Photoshop and some superior skills, creating GIFs can be dead-easy for your Mom to do, as long as you know which tools to use. 

In fact, iOS 8 has made communicating solely through GIFs easier than ever thanks to third-party keyboards. With just a couple apps and some browser extensions, you can become a GIFmaster in no time and blow your friends away with your arsenal of GIFs.

Here’s how to create your own GIFs in minutes on your Mac.

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Court docs reveal how Apple treats its suppliers (badly)

Back entrance to GTAT's sapphire plant in Mesa, AZ. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Back entrance to GTAT’s sapphire plant in Mesa, AZ. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Apple and its former sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies have stayed quiet about their disastrous relationship, but newly unsealed court documents reveal that the two companies never had a chance of making things work.

Judge Henry Boroff ordered the sealed documents to be opened on Tuesday, and one of the affidavits from GTAT CEO Daniel Squiller claims Apple used a “bait-and-switch” strategy that was massively one-sided. When GTAT balked at Apple’s terms, execs were told to stop trying to negotiate and “put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement.”

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United Airlines gives Newark terminal $120 million iPad makeover

United Airlines is going all-in on the iPad. Photo: United Airlines

United Airlines is going all-in on the iPad. Photo: United Airlines

Newark International Airport is renounced for its habitually tardy flights, but in an effort to woo (and distract) flyers, United Airlines announced today that it’s planning to give its main terminal an iPad makeover.

The airline is investing $120 million into a upgrade of its main terminal at Newark, which consistently ranks as one of the worst airports in the country, despite being the 14th most busy. To spruce up the terminal, United plans to rollout iPads and other tech flourishes that have become an expectation among fliers now.

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